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Colorado Professional License (Teacher) Renewal
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This checklist is for applicants who already hold an active (or expired) Colorado professional license and would like to renew it. You may apply to renew your license any time within 6 months of expiration, but no sooner. If you do not already hold a professional license, please review the other checklists and make the appropriate selection.
- You will need electronic copies of all documentation.
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- Allow ample time to request any third party transcripts or other documentation.
5 years from date of issue
- In most cases, additional fingerprinting is not required for license renewal applications.
- If you already hold a valid, CDE-issued educational credential and have consistently maintained an active credential (authorization or license) since you submitted your fingerprints, you can skip this step. We reserve the right to evaluate your application for adherence to the fingerprint requirements and will notify you by email should any follow-up be needed.
- If you have submitted fingerprints for CDE credentialing in the past, but allowed all credentials to lapse and have held no active credential for a period exceeding 1 year (including licenses requested to be inactivated), you must submit a new set of fingerprints.
- Confirm you have a valid form of government-issued identification.
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- Obtain proof of completion of 6 semester hours or 90 clock/contact hours of renewal credit.
- 1 semester hour = 15 clock hours
- 1 CEU = 10 clock hours
- Your credits must not be more than 5 years old
- Complete the Professional Activities Summary grid found in the renewal of professional application. In the grid you will enter your professional development and upload any certificate, official transcript, school district professional development transcript, travel documents or any other documentation confirming the professional development you are submitting.
For professionally licensed educators (elementary, English, middle school math, secondary math, science and/or social studies): If you are a professionally licensed teacher with an elementary, English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies endorsement, you are required to document 45 clock hours of applicable professional development in culturally and linguistically diverse education training in your next full renewal cycle. (A designation will be added to your certificate to indicate "yes," you have met the requirement, "no," you have not yet met the requirements and still need to do so, or "optional," for those individuals whose licenses are not endorsed in one of the areas listed above.)
- If you hold an active Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education endorsement (or CLD Bilingual, LDE or LDE Bilingual) on your teaching license, you have already met this requirement and do not need to document 45 hours of professional learning.
- If you were issued a professional license on or before August 31, 2018, you may renew your license once before you have to meet these requirements.(Please note: the designation still will appear on your license, so if you meet the requirements now, please take the time to complete and submit the matrix or obtain a certificate from an approved provider.)
- If you were issued a professional license in these endorsement areas on or after September 1, 2018, you will need to meet this requirement the next time you renew your license. This means you will have at least five (5) years to fulfill these requirements.
For all other educators (including special service providers, principals and administrators): This is optional professional learning that you can meet during your renewal cycle and document on your educator credential.
How to document your 45 hours:
- Com plete the English learner professional learning matrix: To meet the 45 clock hours of professional development, you must first complete the matrix aligning your course content to the required standards and elements. Download and complete the matrix and save it to your computer. Note: You will upload this in the renewal grid. You may use credit dating back further than 5 years.
- If you have completed this training through an approved provider, you do not need to complete the matrix, but simply will upload a copy of your certificate of completion into the application.
Note: Please keep in mind that you will need another 45 hours of applicable professional development activities completed within the past five years (for a total of 90 hours) to renew your license.
Learn more before proceeding: To learn more about how you can meet the standards and see examples about what this means for you individually, visit the CDE website for English learner professional development requirements.
- H ow to document your 45 hours of applicable CLD training in the renewal grid: To indicate you have met the 45 clock hour professional development requirement, you will complete the grid as indicated below:
- Title of Activity: Enter “English learner professional learning”
- Activity Provider/Sponsor: Enter “Various”
- Start Date: Enter the first date that you began your 45 clock hour professional development
- End Date: Enter the last date that you ended your 45 clock hour professional development
- Contact Hours: Enter “45” or more
- Professional Standard: Enter “(d) Knowledge of Culture, Diversity and Equity”
- Activity Category: Enter “Ongoing Professional Development”
- Documentation: Upload the completed matrix from above
- You will then include your additional 45 contact hours of PD applicable to your license/endorsement area(s) and earned within the previous five (5) years to meet renewal requirements.
- Within the application you must include employment history for at least the past 5 years.
- Include employer/business name, dates of employment, reason for leaving, work addresses, supervisor names, and contact information.
- Include teaching experience from more than 5 years ago, if you have it.
- If applicable, obtain supporting documentation on the following:
- Past criminal history
- Disciplinary actions
- Any issues related to licensure or employment
Register and Apply
Once you have gathered all of the information listed above, you are ready to begin the online application process! Log in via the link below; then, select the "Teacher" application to get started.
For questions, email CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6628.